A MAJOR perk of working for LIT is that I get to take 1 course per semester for free – either at LIT OR at my alma mater, Lamar University! So this semester, I’ll be semi-auditing one or two graphic design courses with the new graphic design professor, Crispin Prebys (to see info about him, go to page 3 of .pdf document). I’ve seen some of his work, and from what I have seen, I am truly looking forward to learning from him and sitting in on his classes.
It’s going to be weird going back to Lamar now that there’s a brand new computer lab, and the majority of familiar faces I grew to know and love during my 2 years in the art department won’t be there. It might seem strange for me to decide to audit Graphic Design I considering that I am a “professional” now, but there’s so much that I feel like I didn’t learn the first time around. Looking back at who I was and how little I knew about ANYTHING back when I took Visual Design I 5 or 6 semesters ago, I couldn’t grasp anything enough to really “get it” yet. I guess you could say I was a bit of a late bloomer because things didn’t really click for me as a design/art major until almost my last semester, and I still don’t feel like I am proficient enough in my field despite any compliments I may get. This is why I want to go back and reevaluate the basics so that I can strengthen my design skills, my portfolio and my confidence as a designer. Also, since I am already working as a graphic designer, Crispin has asked me to add extra input on critiques for his students. I just hope I can provide some useful input and be more of a help than a hindrance.
There’s another graphic design course at the university that I might participate in every once in a while this semester (Special Projects in Graphic Design). This course will bring me back to my days with good ol’ AdFed (Lamar Advertising Federation). One of my most influential mentors, Dr. Yearwood, was finally able to do it — he merged the Communication Department & the Graphic Design Department together to work on the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) Campaign with this course!
What a perfect present for his retirement! I just found out this news last week. It’s sad that Lamar will be losing such a great asset to the Comm Dept. such as Dr. Yearwood, but I know that he is SO ready to just RELAX, and I know he truly deserves that. Nick and I definitely share the deepest amount of gratitude for Dr. Yearwood, who as reference, was a MAJOR influence on helping us acquire the jobs we have today. There are countless other things I could thank Dr. Yearwood for helping me realize about myself over the years, and I know that many of my best friends from college could definitely say the same. The news of his retirement is very bittersweet indeed.
I think this opportunity to “go back to school” gives me the chance to learn what I didn’t get to cover or completely understand the first time around. I mean, who would pass up this chance to take ONLY the courses you WANT to take for FREE? This will also be a good experimental semester to see if I can handle working full time and taking a class at the same time (perhaps training for getting my Masters?)
Classes start tomorrow! I plan to blog about what I learn, so if you’re a design nerd like me, stay tuned! 🙂